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comedy legend Sid Caesar, RIP

Sid Caesar (and Edie Adams) in It’s a Mad Mad Mad Mad World
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The comedy world lost a big one today:

Sid Caesar, one of the first stars created by television via his weekly live comedy program “Your Show of Shows,” died Wednesday in his home. He was 91.

Caesar, partnered with Imogene Coca, is credited with breaking ripe comedic ground with the 90-minute live program: It didn’t rely on vaudeville or standup-inspired material but rather on long skits and sketches written by an impressive roster of comedy writers including Mel Brooks, Woody Allen, Neil Simon, Larry Gelbart, Lucille Kallen and Mel Tolkin.

“Your Show of Shows” was “different from other programs of its time because its humor was aimed at truth,” Simon once observed. “Other television shows would present situations with farcical characters; we would put real-life people into identifiable situations.” – [Variety]

Born and raised in Yonkers, Sid Caesar’s contribution to modern comedy — both through his own talents and his fostering of others — cannot be overstated. We’ll miss ya, Sid. Rest in peace.

A few clips of Caesar in action, below…

Sid Caesar- Health Food Restaurant

Sid Caesar – “This is Your Story” with Carl Reiner and Howard Morris

Every Man For Himself – It’s A Mad Mad Mad Mad World

Mel Brooks On The Pros & Cons Of Writing For Sid Caesar

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